This short story is a part of Miles Vorkosigan saga. Miles Vorkosigan just graduated from a military school and returned home. A case of infanticide comes into Miles's father attention, and he sends his son to investigate and to prove himself.
This is a beautifully written story with very dark undertones which made me feel depressed. The description of village with people still sticking to the old ways is quite gloomy. Strictly speaking, this is more a detective story than sci-fi.
The story is beautiful and gloomy; 4 stars.